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May 12, 2022
Today the Washington State Department of Health released a report showing marked decreases in administration of and coverage with routine childhood immunizations compared to already unsatisfactory pre-pandemic levels.
Vaccine Administration and Coverage, Snohomish County, 2020-2021
Milestone Age Group
∆ in Doses Administered (%)1
∆ Jun 2020-
1compared to average of 2015-2019
2see page 5 of the report for age-specific coverage definitions
Health Officer’s Statement:
Coupled with our improved sanitation and general standard of living over the years, immunization against vaccine preventable diseases is the main difference between us now and the widespread illness, disability and death that was common among children a century ago. Most of us alive today were born after that transition occurred in the mid-20th century when blindness, deafness, developmental disability, and death from these conditions among children were common. Now these consequences are almost unheard of. But we should not take this gift for granted or be overconfident about our current situation.
Current low levels of coverage against vaccine preventable diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, meningitis and pneumonia leave our society and our children vulnerable to illness and disease transmission that can have devastating effects on individuals and the community. Part of our recovery from the COVID pandemic has to be each and every one of us making sure that our patients’ immunizations are complete and up to date as soon as possible. Don’t delay. Reach out to your under-immunized patients’ families right away and start working on getting our children up-to-date.